Selected by the Tampa Bays Rays in the 17th round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Pacific Stockton native Brett Sullivan remained in the same organization until late 2021 when he signed a short-lived minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. The veteran minor league catcher and outfielder was traded to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Victor Caratini on April 6, 2022. During the 2022 season, he played Triple-A ball and compiled a .285 batting average with nine home runs and 81 RBI. Although catcher has been his primary position, he has also played third base and left field during seven-year minor league career.
VITO FRESCIA JR.
The catcher/first baseman from New York won the 2015 Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Marlins Park in Miami and enjoyed a successful collegiate career at Hofstra University. Vito Friscia Jr. was selected in the 40th round of the 2019 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. After playing Double-A and Triple-A ball during the 2022 season, he was named MiLB Organization All-Star by the Philadelphia Phillies. Vito made his Team Italy debut at the 2021 European Championship, where the slugger hit three home runs in games against Austria, Croatia and Israel (10-for-19 with 11 RBI). He returned again in 2022 playing for the Azzurri during Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.
Selected in the 40th round of 2013 draft by the Oakland Athletics and also in the 16th round of the 2016 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, catcher Dominic Miroglio chose not to sign in order to attend college at UCLA and the University of San Francisco. Once again selected in the 20th round of the 2017 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks, he signed a minor league contract and quickly became one of the most highly-rated catchers within the D-backs organization. The 2018 Baseball America High-A All-Star made his way to Triple-A last season for 63 games and hit 10 home runs.
Growing up in Gorizia and playing for Ronchi dei Legionari New Black Panthers as a youth, catcher and first baseman Alberto Mineo signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs at age 16 on November 20, 2010. He remained in the Cubs organization for seven years before being claimed on the waiver wire by the Toronto Blue Jays on December 14, 2017. He reached as high as Triple-A ball in 2018. Mineo spent 2019 in Double-A before being signing another minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs on February 12, 2020 and later returning to Italy, where he won two straight European Cups in Parma (2021-22). Having made his national senior team debut at the 2015 Premier 12 and subsequently represented Team Italy in all other major international competitions (he has played 50 total games with the national team), he is one of the finest Italian-born and developed players in recent history.